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The Leader of Rutherford, Thursday, February 1, 2001, Reader’s Forum Section

Boeing plan should never get off the ground

A few local voices have multiplied to a roar that is reaching ears in Washington, D.C. It started with the Teterboro noise complaint hotline (201-288-8828). Then groups with lots of initials (TANAAC and AMCAT) started making headlines. Now, finally, Teterboro is generating the kind of noise people want to hear: Angry voices shouting ‘Just Say No.’

Lots of political muscle are behind the cause, but Congressman Steve Rothman (D-9) is proving to be the MVP. His latest move is opposing Boeing’s plan to bring a 170,000 pound jet to Teterboro. Although the weight limit at Teterboro is 100,000 pounds, Boeing is meeting with the Port Authority (PA) and the FAA to request a waiver.

As it is, the noise level at Teterboro is unacceptable and is being diligently and consistently fought. Adding another jet at this point is ludicrous. The PA and the FAA have no business waving through more noise, tonnage and pollution. The initial battles are still fully engaged; Boeing must be sidelined until its over.

Rothman credits the many voices that phone the noise hotline as the catalysts that helped the issue grow from grass roots to full blown forest. Everyone can help the effort by continuing to call the hotline (201-288-8828) and by writing their elected officials.

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